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NTSB investigators drive across Bay Bridge

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Two investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board jumped into a car with employees of the Maryland Transportation Authority on Thursday and rode back and forth across the two spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The two groups also met for hours in a state building near the bridge entrance in Anne Arundel County. Officials said little after the meetings, but it is likely that the discussion revolved around the height of barriers that are supposed to keep traffic from falling off the bridge.

The meeting and ride follow Friday's accident at the bridge after a three-vehicle collision. A car driven by a college student was knocked into the air, rode briefly on top of the guard rail on the eastbound span, then slid over the top, dropping about 40 feet into the bay.

Miraculously, 22-year-old Morgan Lake survived the plunge with only sprains, cuts, and bruises.

The twin spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge were opened in two different eras: the 1950s and the 1970s, and the railings that are supposed to hold traffic on the roadways are made of different materials on different parts of the bridges.

The barrier at that part of the Bay Bridge where Friday's accident occurred is made of concrete. It stands 34.75 inches above the roadway.

Witnesses said the young woman's car flew into the air and actually rode the top of the barrier, briefly, before dropping into the water.

A spokesman for the NTSB said the agency would likely take several days before deciding whether the mishap on the Bay Bridge is worthy of a federal probe of bridge barrier safety.

Previous Coverage:

NTSB to investigate issues in Chesapeake Bay Bridge crash

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